Turning Point for Distributed Energy
In December 2016, Arizona's utility regulators set in motion a new policy many believe is likely to undermine investment in solar and other distributed technologies in the state. We urge advocates and regulators looking for sustainable models of state DER policy to think carefully before following Arizona's example.
Fat or Skinny?
Ren Orans, Fredrich Kahrl, Dan Aas
Debates over utility business and regulatory models have sidestepped a fundamental question: What do state legislators and regulators want the electricity utility of the future to do? Do they want "fat" utilities that play a larger role in implementing public policy and delivering energy services to customers? Or "skinny" utilities that are more narrowly focused on the ownership and upkeep of the grid?
Performance, Political, Customer Expectation, and Fiscal Risk
Kansas Representative Tom Sloan
It is important to help legislators and regulators understand the utility's risk management decisions so that they can approve of the company's risk management strategies. Legislators and regulators are accustomed to thinking in terms of insuring against failures.
Part I: Implications for Utilities, Regulators
Roger Bezdek, Michael Harshfield, Sean Tegart, Ujjval Vyas
The legal cannabis industry in the U.S. is experiencing rapid growth. That growth and its commensurate energy demands are placing strains on some individual utilities and local grids. In Part I, we forecast electricity demands, analyze problems resulting from the immense energy requirements, and assess some potential implications for the cannabis industry and for utilities.
We talked with NARUC President, Commissioner Rob Powelson
Commissioner Rob Powelson, with Steve Mitnick
Commissioner Powelson was installed as the 128th president of NARUC in November 2016.
Excerpt from the December 9, 2016 issue of PUR's Utility Regulatory News
Phillip Cross and Diane Boiler, Public Utilities Reports, Inc.
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities determined that microgrids, whether based on CHP, fuel cell, solar, or some other technology, offer the promise of increased system resiliency. Especially with CHP-based microgrids, energy efficiency is advanced as well.
Updates and Forecast for 2017
Brian Nese and Allison Post Harris
Since 1983, renewable portfolio standards have been enacted in 29 states, with 8 others setting different benchmarks. In addition to increasing renewable energy generation in states that have adopted these standards, the standards have driven renewable energy development in states without them.
We talked with Clint Vince, chair of the Dentons LLP Energy sector
Clint Vince, with Pat McMurray
Clint Vince has directed the expansion of the U.S. energy team to more than 1,000 professionals in 58 countries. His experience involves major project development, legislative and regulatory advocacy, and litigation and appellate cases, including U.S. Supreme Court advocacy.
We talked with Audrey Zibelman, Chair of the New York Public Service Commission
Chair Audrey Zibelman, with PUF’s Pat McMurray
Chair Zibelman has been responsible for designing and leading the regulatory market changes of the electric industry under Gov. Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision, a comprehensive plan to modernize and transform New York’s electric industry. Previously she served as COO of PJM.
We talked with seven staff members of the District of Columbia Public Service Commission
D.C. PSC Staff, with Steve Mitnick
Commission staffs work behind the scenes, without much recognition, to make utility regulation effective. To hear some of their stories, we talked with seven staff members of the D.C. PSC.